Friday, January 30, 2015

Out of Darkness Rising–Announcement Tour

Today I am pleased to be part of the announcement tour for Gillian Bronte Adams’ upcoming novella, Out of Darkness Rising! I don’t know about you, but I absolutely love the stunning cover! Isn’t it epic?! You can read more about the book below and see the book trailer. And don’t forget to enter the giveaway for three ARC copies of the story!

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Darkness reigns unchallenged.

For the villagers on the accursed Island, life has only one meaning - death.  Bound to the Island by the curse, the villagers suffer beneath the iron claw of the serpent, daily breathing the poison of his breath and dying to appease his insatiable appetite. 

When Marya’s parents are slain by the serpent for their belief in a legendary king, she becomes an Outcast.  Struggling to survive and avoid the vengeance of the Tribunal, Marya is torn between legend and the harsh reality of the Island.  Yet when a forgotten promise springs to life, she cannot help wondering if the old stories might in fact be true.  And if they are, will the promise prove stronger than the curse?

Coming March 15, 2015

About the Author

Gillian Bronte AdamsGillian Bronte Adams is a sword-wielding, horse-riding, coffee-loving speculative fiction author from the great state of Texas and the dreamer behind the Songkeeper Chronicles. During the day, she manages the equestrian program at a youth camp. But at night, she kicks off her boots and spurs, pulls out her trusty laptop, and transforms into a novelist.

To find out more about Gillian Bronte Adams’s books, visit


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Thursday, January 15, 2015

Thaw Blog Tour + Giveaway!

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Today I’m taking part in the blog tour for E. Kaiser Writes’ series Thaw! The first two books are already available and the third will be very soon! As part of the tour, she has stopped by for a guest post on a very important crown in the series.

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The Crown of Noran from Thaw Winter Queen: The making of

As an artist/writer I am very visual, so when I write a description of something in my books, I tend to have a mental picture of it very distinctly.

But on the flip side of the coin, as an artist, bringing something like that to life is tough, because I'm my own worst critic!

Since very few things make the transition from the written word into a visual representation; it just doesn't matter too much.

But with this series we went ahead and did a lot of art work for it, and so I was able to bring to visual life many of the pieces I'd described in the books. This was a lot of fun, and also a challenge, because I wanted to make sure to "hit the nail on the head" perfectly!

One of the major pieces that has a lot of importance in the culture of Noran, (but regrettably doesn't get a too much lengthy focus in the book!) is the Crown of Noran.

This is more than just jewelery, of course, since it carries with it the weight of power and centuries of tradition.  I also wanted it to be uniquely beautiful, and not duplicating what is usually "Accepted Fashion" in crowns.

As a jeweler and historian I have long been particularly intrigued by old-to-ancient examples of precious metal working... and crowns are a great example of that.

But there was no historical crown style that fit my idea, and so I invented it completely.

The back-story on this crown is unique, in that it was not made by mortal hands, but instead pulled from the very mountain's depths by the nearly-mythical Stone King as a symbol of the joining of the first royal couple and their right to rule.

“The Stone King twisted his hands and out of them sprang a crown of Noran silver, spotted with the blue of Noran water sapphires, and then he passed his hands across once more and between each blue jewel there sprang up the soft pink gems of the Svesser homelands."

(Note on the Stone King: Although trolls are a staple in Norse legends, they are usually bad, and also linked with "dark magic" which I didn't like at all. So I took a slightly modified take on the idea by following Tolkien's example in his Ents -as opposed to the Greek tree-spirits of very heathen origin - and I made Stone Ents. Basically. The old ones speak slowly and are very wise, whereas the younger ones, at merely a couple hundred years old, are much more quick, and also foolish. I didn't invent a new name, but went with a generic "Stone Folk", since it seemed logical the people of the area would suffice with something simple.

In the scene were Girta first meets them it is evident that she has heard of Ents, and likens these to that elusive folk. The reader is thereby free to assume that the story loving Girta may indeed have read the tale of the One Ring somewhere in all her library of folklore.)

The Stone King played the matchmaker in the long ago union that started Girta's line; and did an extremely quick job of it, since being non-mortal he has other abilities to call on then most hopeful matchmakers.

Anyway, to form the crown I researched my "based on countries" of Norway and Sweden, and drew inspiration from their mineral resources. The blue Iolite found in Norway is sometimes called "water saphire" and due to it's crystal structure and clarity is reputed to be the "sunstone" Norse mariners used to find their way in a fog. (Not sure exactly how this works, but from my preliminary research it has something to do with ascertaining where the sun is, the crystal concentrates the faint light enough that a sailor could tell which derection the ilght was coming from. Still a little hazy on that one!) The pink is kunzite, a lovely soft colored gem that is native to Sweden.

(You can see some beautiful examples of these stones here on the Winter Queen pinterest board!

Here's two particularly nice examples of Iolite  & Kunzite!)

I wanted a very organic feel for the silver as well as the gemstones. So it was clear from the first that the gems should be rough, uncut by jeweler's, but in perfect crystal shapes they come in.

I was a little stumped for reference on the silver base until I came across an ingenious Etsy seller who casts precious metals in molds form from twigs she gathers. (Here are two pieces I loved the look of; ring1 & ring2.) I nearly hyperventilated with joy as I stared at her earthy-inspired creations, and I really tried to reduplicate the look of her pieces with the strands of silver.

In the end, the Crown of Noran is one of my favorite pieces of jewelry ever... if I could have one "prop" from the Thaw: books it would be that.

About the Author

E. Side PuppiesE. Kaiser Writes credits her nearly nomadic childhood for the vast reach of her fictional worlds; she has lived (and gotten to known the locals) in the Rocky Mtns, the Smoky Mtns, the plains, the deep forest, the searing Texas summer and frozen Minnesota north.

She wears many hats: writer and editor of ad copy, web copy, office correspondence & fiction; a cowgirl, animal trainer, seamstress, jeweler, artist and... authoress!



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Friday, January 9, 2015

Ask away!

For the past week, I’ve been buried in preparations for the release of The King’s Scrolls (and trying not to freeze to death in my room). Yesterday I finished formatting TKS and got to order my first proof this morning! Yay! I can hardly wait to see it. Since I got such an early start, hopefully the paperback will be ready the same time as the Kindle.

Besides formatting, I’ve been doing a lot to set up the TKS blog tour. The response was amazing! As of right now, I’ve got 43 stops! I’m so excited for it to begin! :D

Now, the point of this post. Do you not have a blog, but still want to be a part of the tour? I’m going to have a special Q&A post during the tour. That means you can ask me OR one of my characters any of your burning questions and I’ll do my best to answer as many of them as possible. So go ahead, leave a comment with your questions! :) And even if you are part of the tour, you can go ahead and ask some questions too. ;)

Thursday, January 1, 2015

The King’s Scrolls Pre-Order + Blog Tour Signup!

Happy New Year, everyone!!! I’m starting out 2015 with very exciting news for you all. The King’s Scrolls has an official release date! February 17th! Not only that, but the Kindle version is also available for pre-order! I’ve been looking forward to this for weeks. I’m just dying to share the continuation of this story with everyone. Now we can begin an official countdown!

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With the release date set, it’s time to begin setting up the blog tour. If you have a blog, I would love to have you participate! All bloggers are welcome to join in, so invite your blogger friends as well! The tour will run from February 17th-24th and include an epic winter giveaway I'm putting together. It’s going to be really cool. ;) You can sign up for it using the form below. You can also help spread the word about the book and tour by using the buttons and banner below the form on your blogs or social media accounts. 

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